Statement from LULAC National Board
Washington, D.C. – The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) has a long-standing legacy of fighting to protect the civil rights of Latinos in the United States. As the nation’s largest and oldest Latino volunteer-based civil rights organization, we are committed to serving all of our constituents and advocating for the most important issues impacting the Latino community.
Today the LULAC National Board convened in Washington, D.C. to address recent public concerns regarding the organization’s leadership and assess the necessary next steps. Roger C. Rocha, Jr. announced his intent to serve out his term until the national elections take place on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Annual LULAC National Convention & Exposition in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Rocha does not plan to run for a final term. In the meantime, the National Board, on behalf of the National Assembly, will continue to perform it’s duties.
LULAC National Chief Executive Officer Brent Wilkes resigned today but also restated that he will help LULAC with the transition as he exits out of the organization. Mr. Wilkes has served the organization for 30 years, advocating on behalf of Latino civil rights, voting rights, immigration, education, health care, the environment and more. Under his longtime leadership, LULAC has become one of the most respected voices on Latino civil rights issues.
“We take the concerns expressed by our members, stakeholders and communities we serve very seriously,” said Brent Wilkes, LULAC National CEO. “The board is determined to do what is in the best interest of the organization. We remain focused on the national issues that put the livelihoods of our communities at stake and will continue to strongly advocate for all Latinos in the United States. LULAC has built a successful track record of fighting for what is right and our commitment to the people we serve remains stronger than ever.
The National LULAC Board will be as transparent as possible and keep our members informed of any and all updates on this matter.”
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.lulac.org.